'Pink Panther' gang member jailed for 10 years over Dubai heist

Gang stole $4m worth of jewellery and watches in an armed robbery at Wafi Mall
'Pink Panther' gang member jailed for 10 years over Dubai heist
By Staff writer
Thu 17 Nov 2016 11:06 AM

The Dubai Court of First Instance has sentenced a member of so-called 'Pink Panther' gang to 10 years in jail for aiding the $4 million armed robbery at Wafi Mall in 2007.

On April 15, 2007, a group of armed robbers drove two stolen Audi A8s through the glass façade at the mall, stealing jewellery and watches from the House of Graff.

The 34-year-old Serbian is the third gang member to stand trial in connection with the heist at the House of Graff, Khaleej Times reported.

The gang member, who was arrested by Spanish authorities in February 2014, was handed over to the UAE authorities in October 2015. He also faced charges of obtaining an entry permit with a forged passport and illegally entering and exiting the country.

The court ordered that the defendant be deported after completing his jail term, the newspaper said. The verdict can be appealed.

Dubai Court has already convicted another gang member who has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for arranging the crime tools including masks and gloves. Another accomplice has been cleared of the charges for possessing a part of the stolen items.

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